African Development Bank

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries.

In the AfDB, evaluations are managed by Independent Development Evaluation(IDEV), whose work is guided by the independent evaluation policy and an independent evaluation strategy. Evaluation is central to learning and decision making at various levels of the AfDB. In its Ten Year Strategy 2013-2022, the AfDB commits to doing more impact evaluations at the country level and undertaking analytical monitoring to better capture the impact and learnings from programmes and projects. IDEV is currently undertaking two impact evaluations − of rural water and sanitation programmes in Ethiopia and Tanzania − and three more are scheduled for the next three years. IDEV is investing in strengthening its own capacity and that of other AfDB departments to conduct impact evaluations. In addition, the AfDB’s Development Research Department conducts impact evaluations of specific interventions and leads an internal Impact Evaluation Reference Group of which IDEV is a member.

Member since: 2013 | Country: Côte d'Ivoire | website

Overview of engagement

After two impact evaluations of rural water and sanitation programmes in Ethiopia and Tanzania, IDEV plans to conduct at least three more impact evaluations between 2016−2018. This indicates a general recognition by IDEV of the added value of impact evaluations in assessing impact of policies and programmes on the well-being of individuals, households and communities. IDEV hopes to leverage 3ie’s expertise and comparative advantage not only to strengthen its evaluations but also to exchange knowledge and build the capacity of its staff.

Examples of 3ie engagement

  • 3ie services: In 2014, 3ie assisted in the design of IDEV’s first impact evaluations in the water and sanitation sector in Ethiopia and Tanzania and also helped in review of preliminary reports.
  • 3ie services: In 2015, 3ie contributed substantively to IDEV’s quarterly magazine eVALUation Matters.
  • Community of practice: In 2015, 3ie participated in an AfDB discussion on mainstreaming impact evaluations in AfDB interventions, bringing relevant perspectives to enrich the discussion.
  • 3ie services: In 2014, 3ie provided an impact evaluation training for 30 Ethiopian and Tanzanian government evaluators as well as IDEV staff. 3ie will provide a training on Designing, Managing & Undertaking Impact Evaluations from 30 March to 01 April 2016 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


In the past three years, IDEV’s engagement with 3ie has been useful − not only in mutual knowledge exchange but also in the design of our first impact evaluations and in capacity development. We look forward to continuing our collaboration for the mutual benefit of our respective organisations in the years ahead.

Rakesh Nangia, Evaluator General, Independent Evaluation (IDEV), African Development Bank.

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